NOAA was calling for 10 knot south winds turning variable in the afternoon for Thursday so late Wednesday night I made a last minute decision to try catch some New Years fish so I launched out of Hi Kai at 6:30am and ran the 40 fathom all the way down to Rabbitt Island without a single strike. Feeling a little pressure and seeing that the water condition looked pretty good I headed for the 500 fathom outside of Makapuu and my initial plan was to make a run pass "T" Buoy. According to my GPS coordinates I was supposed to be around .5 miles to "T" but could not find it and as I was scanning the area I saw about 6 birds diving into the water about 200 yds outside of me. My first pass in the birds resulted in a double Aku Strike and managed to get both of them into the bag. Alright, no whitewash! I spotted the birds again and made another pass which result in another double...same two corner lures! After getting those two Akus in the bag, I got set up again and made a third pass .....Hanapa'a...double again, same lures! I made one more pass which resulted in a single Aku and by this time the water was beginning to get pretty sloppy and the wind kicked up a couple notches so I started making my way back to Hi Kai.....some 25 miles away!!! What I normally would estimate taking 2.5 hours to get back to the harbor actually turned into a 5 hour journey over some of the roughest conditions that I have every faced while fishing out of Hi Kai. Imaging a 15' boat trying to make it back from Kaneohe to Hi Kai in 20 knot south winds and steep, breaking 10 foot head seas. Just to add more to what was already a very challenging day on the water, there were waves breaking accross the channel entrance!!!! Boy was NOAA was so wrong!! What happened to the variable afternoon? The Aku's ranged from an 8 pounder to 5 weighing between 10-12 lbs. and the largest weighing in at 17lbs. Oh well, just glad to be home in one piece and fortunate enough to have found some great Holiday fish to end what I felt was a pretty good 2009 year. Happy New Years!!!!!
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